Tension rising higher and higher each passing day with respect to the demolition of five hundred (500) mass housing units along the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport road FCT by the development authority control under the federal capital development authority(FCDA) gives rise to the question
-Is the government ready to partner with the private sector on infrastructural development as promised by the government or it is to be seen as nothing but a white lie?
To think that the FCDA would be so cruel to put an end to a dream by fuelling its bulldozers and pull down these structures erected by private developers.. claiming that the the plot which housed these structures were allocated to the national assembly. even if the master plan of Abuja does not have in it the provision of such housing scheme in that part of the town, it could have been adjusted to accommodate this change ..after all , it is been built for the benefit of Abuja residents.
Minanuel developers claims to have acquired these plot from Messrs N.C.R & Associates in 2004 .. who acquired it from the appropriate authority(AMAC) before selling it to them.
It is rumored the over three (3) billion naira has been invested into this project with eighty percent (80%) has been done already and subscribers looking forward to moving into their homes in the early part of November 2012.. sadly to say that this dream is only but a mirage.
The cost of renting an accommodation in Abuja is on the high side.. talk less of owning one .. which the cost is on the increase with each passing day. this project was perceived as a means to enable the middle class own properties too in the FCT at flexible payment rates.
In developed nations like the United States of America, you would find low cost houses located in states like New York where cost of living is high to accommodate the middle class and the lower class which are termed “THE PROJECTS”.
Not too long ago, the British Government proposed to build 2,000 mass houses in the olympic village that was used to host the 2012 Olympic games held in London for the middle and lower class to enable them ease accommodation challenges and also live with the upper class in London .. over here in Nigeria ,it seems the upper class are head bent on ensuring that they and their likes occupy Abuja alone.
One would ask..are the middle class not taxpayers just like their counterparts “the upper class” or is there a special kind of tax being paid by the latter to ensure that they alone should reside in the FCT?
Since the government cannot provide infrastructural development alone for its citizens ,the private developers should be encouraged to participate in facility development to ease the accommodation challenges faced by the people..besides , FCT is owned by all Nigerians and not only to a group of individuals.
Written By Onyeka Elue